The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA Applauds Appeals Court Decision

Washington, DC- Ed Black, President & CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), released the following statement in response to the Appeals Court rejection of Microsoft’s petition to delay the court proceeding pending a Supreme Court review of the case: “The court’s decision today properly recognizes that Microsoft has little chance of receiving…

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CCIA Condemns Microsoft's Attempts to Delay Case

Washington, DC- Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), issued the following statement in response to Microsoft’s filing a reply brief with the Appeals Court: “Once again, Microsoft seeks to distort the law and facts surrounding the overwhelming case against the company. In today’s filing, the company states: ‘If…

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CCIA Condemns Microsoft’s Attempts to Delay Case

Washington, DC- Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), issued the following statement in response to Microsoft’s filing a reply brief with the Appeals Court: “Once again, Microsoft seeks to distort the law and facts surrounding the overwhelming case against the company. In today’s filing, the company states: ‘If…

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Microsoft Arguments Rejected By The Justice Department

Washington, DC- Ed Black, President & CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released the following statement in support of the Department of Justice’s motion to the Appeals Court, which asked the Court to reject Microsoft’s attempts at delaying the outcome of the trial: “In its’ filing today the Government stresses that proceedings…

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